Sunday, April 15, 2012

Errani and Kerber win titles today

Sara Errani won both the singles and doubles titles today in Barcelona. Errani defeated 3rd seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 in singles, and she and partner Roberta Vinci defeated Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone 6-0, 6-2 to win the doubles title. Errani had also defeated the event's 2nd seed, Julia Goerges, in the quarterfinals.

This is the fourth year in a row that an Italian player has won the Barcelona title, and this is the second time this season that Errani has won both titles at the same tournament; she also both won singles and doubles in Acapulco. This is also the thid time that Errani has won the Barcelona Ladies Open.

Errani, who was seeded 7th in Barcelona, dedicated her win to Piermario Morosini, the Italian football player who collapsed on the field yesterday, and later died of cardiac arrest. "This tournament is for him," Errani said. "It has been very hard. The images have impacted me a lot. It's amazing that these things can happen. It really makes you think. It brings you back to reality and makes you realize many of the things we complain about are pure nonsense. You have to enjoy every minute of life."

In Copenhagen, Angelique Kerber won her second tour title by defeating defending champion and top seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4. Wozniacki was up 4-2 in the second set, but Kerber then proceeded to win four consecutive games.

Kerber, who did not drop a set in the tournament, was seeded 2nd.

The doubles title went to Kimiko Date-Krumm and Rina Fujiwara, who beat Sofia Arvidsson and Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.


Eric said...

Errani's comments were beautiful and very true.

Wow, all Italian doubles final...i really think that the doubles at the Olympics is not going to be a cakewalk. There are a lot of good teams this year (Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Italy, America, Germany, and possibly China)...and with Venus' health problems, who knows what will happen.

Diane said...

I think the same thing, Eric. The Italians, the Czechs, the Russians--doubles could be really exciting at the Games.